Enhancing or improving school culture starts from the top down. Starting with the principal then the teachers and staff, and finally the students. Your students will follow your example nine times more often than your advice. How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath will inspire you to lead with kindness.
How Full is Your Bucket? is a great book for your entire team (staff, teachers, and principal) to read together. It is a short read that delivers a powerful message that is sure to make a culture shift on campus.
Let us know if this book made a difference on your campus by leaving a comment below.
Literature is a powerful way to teach life lessons! This month we have six book suggestions by grade level that focus on friendship. We hope you and your students enjoy these books. We’d love to hear any additional book recommendations you have, you can send us an email or add a comment below.
We have five book picks for the month of August!! We know school is about to get real for you all and so we wanted to equip you with some books that will surely aid you with your goals of creating a kinder, more inclusive campus.
We’ve chosen books for all grade levels from pre-k to high school. These books will allow you to open the dialogue about kindness. Please let us know what your students thought of these books. Happy Reading!
Our book pick for the month is Lessons from the Classroom: 20 Things Good Teachers Do by Hal Urban. In his book, he offers great advice for veteran teachers and new teachers. Urban’s 20 lessons combine a harmonious mix of classroom management, personal improvement, and character development.
“When you focus on developing the whole child, not just their mind, children will learn to do things they didn’t think they could possibly do.” Hal Urban
A book for newbies and veterans.
Hal Urban, a 35-year veteran high school teacher, offers newbies and veterans teachers an incredible tool for creating a kinder, more inclusive school and classroom. Urban gives 20 practical lessons about building community, creating a positive atmosphere, and debunking cliques.
Think outside the box.
Although it is directed at classroom teachers, counselors, librarians, and administrators can too greatly benefit from the lessons found in this book. Particularly, Lesson 6: Good teachers create a caring community; Lesson 10: Good teachers, along with their students, have a mission; Lesson 14: Good teachers help students discover the power of choice, and Lesson 12: Good teachers help their students both own and honor their rules; Lesson 16: The power of quotations.
Suggestion for “others” on campus.
If you are a counselor, librarian, or administrator complete Lesson 6: Good teachers create a caring community. In this lesson, Urban suggests students conduct a two-minute interview with other students in their class, but we suggest you sit down with every student at your school and conduct your own two-minute interview. Here are a few of Urban’s suggested questions: With whom do you live with? You may include siblings away at college (or serving in the arm forces). What is something you own that is very special to you and why? What is an important goal you have for your life? Who is someone you greatly admire? Why? It must be someone you know.
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